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Oracle in July Cup reckoning





Oracle could revert to sprinting in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

The son of Danehill Dancer finished third in the Irish 2000 Guineas before taking fourth in the Jersey Stakes at the Royal meeting.

His handler Aidan O'Brien could also be represented by Sunday's Prix Jean Prat runner-up Zoffany, although connections have indicated a return to France for the Prix Maurice de Gheest is his preferred target.

Delegator and Star Witness are also among the headline names among the 19 possibles for the July Cup.

Godolphin's Delegator looked good when winning the Duke Of York earlier in the season but missed Ascot on account of the soft ground. Australian raider Star Witness, on the other hand, was second in the King's Stand and third in the Golden Jubilee at the big meeting.

Fellow overseas challengers include Amico Fritz and War Artist, while Roger Charlton has confirmed both Bated Breath and Genki, with David Simcock leaving in Dream Ahead.

Regal Parade, Elzaam, Monsieur Chevalier and Winker Watson are also among the confirmations.

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